Select Page

Israeli Ship Targeted In Gulf Of Oman Blast As Officials Point Finger At Iran

Israeli Ship Targeted In Gulf Of Oman Blast As Officials Point Finger At Iran

update: It’s been confirmed that the earlier ‘mystery’ blast of a ship in the Gulf of Oman took place on the Israeli-owned cargo ship Helios Ray. Israel is already reportedly looking at possible Iranian involvement as tensions rise between both countries over the Islamic Republic’s alleged nuclear program.

“Officials from the security firm Dryad that was securing the ship are reportedly looking into the possibility of Iranian military being involved in the mysterious incident, suspicions that have increased among Israeli security officials investigating the incident,” Bloomberg reports. 

It’s owned by Tel Aviv-based Ray Shipping. The crew is said to be safe as the vessel heads to the nearest port to assess damage. 

Early photos of damage to the vessel are below. The ‘mystery’ blast is shaping up to appear similar to the mysterious limpet mine attacks in the Persian Gulf of summer 2019.

File image of the Helios Ray, which is being described as a car carrier:

The US navy said it was monitoring the situation, while US-backed International Maritime Security Construct said an investigation was ongoing and that its ships were monitoring the situation,” according to shipping news source Trade Winds.

* * *

The International Maritime Security Construct tweets that the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) is aware of a report “of an explosion on a non-IMSC flagged merchant vessel in the Gulf of Oman.” The incident occurred at 20:40 GMT on Thursday. 

UKMTO said, “investigations are ongoing. Vessel and crew are reported to be safe and proceeding to next port of call.” 

UKMTO’s advisory notice shows the location of where the explosion occurred. It warned other vessels in the Gulf of Oman to “exercise caution.” 

UKMTO did not provide any details on what caused the explosion. 

Ambrey Intelligence tweets:

“Yesterday at around 20:40 UTC, a vehicles carrier experienced an explosion while underway eastbound in the Gulf of Oman. Ambrey assess the vessel was possibly targeted due to its #Israel Flag of Israel and #UK Flag of United Kingdom affiliations.”

Maritime Bulletin believes “HELIOS RAY reportedly suffered an explosion on board in the Gulf of Oman.” Current vessel movements show the car carrier has turned around. 

AP News reports the US Navy has been made aware of the incident and closely monitors the situation. 

*This story is developing… 

Tyler Durden
Fri, 02/26/2021 – 12:56

This post has been republished with permission from a publicly-available RSS feed found on Zero Hedge. The views expressed by the original author(s) do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of The Libertarian Hub, its owners or administrators. Any images included in the original article belong to and are the sole responsibility of the original author/website. The Libertarian Hub makes no claims of ownership of any imported photos/images and shall not be held liable for any unintended copyright infringement. Submit a DCMA takedown request.

-> Click Here to Read the Original Article <-

About The Author

Tyler Durden

Zero Hedge's mission is to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public, to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become, to liberate oppressed knowledge, to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint and to facilitate information's unending quest for freedom. Visit

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Bringing together a variety of news and information from some of today’s most important libertarian thought leaders. All feeds are checked and refreshed every hour and pages auto-refresh every 15 minutes. External images are deleted after 30 days.

Time since last refresh: 0 second

Publish Your Own Article

Follow The Libertarian Hub


Support Our Work

Support the Libertarian Hub by tipping with Bitcoin!

Weekly Newsletter

Newsletter Signup

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive a weekly email report of the top five most popular articles on the Libertarian Hub!

Weekly Newsletter SignupTop 5 Stories of the Week

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive a weekly email report of the top five most popular articles on the Libertarian Hub!